Both Will Hernandez, and Aaron Jones had All-American type seasons, and were recognized as Associated Press All-Americans for the 2016 season.
Hernandez was named to the AP All-American second team as a guard after grading out as one of the top guards in the country by Pro Football Focus. He was also a first team All-C-USA honoree, and is UTEP's top NFL prospect.
He has the top grade among the nation’s guards at 93.7, including a 90.8 pass-blocking grade and a 91.1 mark in the run game. Hernandez also did not allow a sack or QB hurry this season, and was named to Pro Football Focus' All-American first team.
Jones was named to the third team on the AP's All-American list. The El Paso native ran for a school record 1,773 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, he also caught 28 passes for 233 yards, and three touchdowns.
Of course, Hernandez, a three-year starter, paved the way for Jones to break UTEP's all-time rushing records, as both will receive NFL Draft grades for the upcoming draft.
Jones and Hernandez become UTEP's 15th, and 16th AP All-Americans in school history, and the first UTEP players to be recognized by the AP since Johnnie Lee Higgins back in 2006.
The 2016 Associated Press All-America college football teams:
Quarterback — Lamar Jackson, sophomore, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Louisville
Running backs — D'Onta Foreman, junior, 6-2, 249, Texas; Dalvin Cook, junior, 5-11, 213, Florida State
Tackles — Cam Robinson, junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama; Ryan Ramczyk, junior, 6-6, 314, Wisconsin
Guards — Cody O'Connell, junior, 6-8, 354, Washington State; Dan Feeney, senior, 6-4, 305, Indiana.
Center — Pat Elflein, senior, 6-3, 300, Ohio State
Tight end — Evan Engram, senior, 6-3, 235, Mississippi
Wide receivers — Dede Westbrook, senior, 6-0, 176, Oklahoma; Corey Davis, senior, 6-3, 213, Western Michigan
All-purpose player — Curtis Samuel, junior, 5-11 197, Ohio State
Kicker — Zane Gonzalez, senior, 6-1, 195, Arizona State
Ends — Myles Garrett, junior, 6-5, 270, Texas A&M; Derek Barnett, junior, 6-3, 265, Tennessee
Tackles — Jonathan Allen, junior, 6-3, 290, Alabama; Ed Oliver, freshman, 6-2, 290, Houston
Linebackers — Reuben Foster, senior, 6-1, 228, Alabama; Zach Cunningham, junior, 6-2, 230, Vanderbilt; Jabrill Peppers, junior, 6-1, 205, Michigan
Cornerbacks — Jourdan Lewis, senior, 5-11, 186, Michigan; Adoree' Jackson, junior, 5-11, 185, Southern California
Safeties — Malik Hooker, sophomore, 6-2, 205, Ohio State; Minkah Fitzpatrick, sophomore, 6-1, 200, Alabama
Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, sophomore, 6-2, 220, Utah
Quarterback — Deshaun Watson, junior, Clemson
Running backs — Donnel Pumphrey, senior, San Diego State; Christian McCaffrey, junior, Stanford
Tackles — Connor Williams, sophomore, Texas; Orlando Brown, sophomore, Oklahoma
Guards — Billy Price, junior, Ohio State; Will Hernandez, junior, UTEP
Center — Tyler Orlovsky, senior, West Virginia
Tight end — Jake Butt, senior, Michigan
Wide receivers — Zay Jones, senior, East Carolina; John Ross, junior, Washington
All-purpose player — Quadree Henderson, sophomore, Pitt
Kicker — Daniel Carlson, junior, Auburn
Ends — DeMarcus Walker, senior, Florida State; Harold Landry, junior, Boston College
Tackles — Carlos Watkins, senior, Clemson; Montravius Adams, senior, Auburn
Linebackers — Raekwon McMillan, junior, Ohio State; T.J. Watt, junior, Wisconsin; Tim Williams, senior, Alabama
Cornerbacks — Rasul Douglas, senior, West Virginia; Desmond King, senior, Iowa
Safeties — Budda Baker, junior, Washington; Jamal Adams, junior, LSU
Punter — Cameron Johnston, senior, Ohio State
Quarterback — Baker Mayfield, junior, Oklahoma
Running backs — Saquon Barkley, sophomore, Penn State; Aaron Jones, junior, UTEP
Tackles — Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame; Forrest Lamp, senior, Western Kentucky
Guards — Nico Siragusa, senior, San Diego State; Quenton Nelson, junior, Notre Dame
Center — Ethan Pocic, senior, LSU
Tight end — O.J. Howard, senior, Alabama
Wide receivers — Amba Etta-Tawo, senior, Syracuse; Austin Carr, senior, Northwestern
All-purpose player — Christian Kirk, sophomore, Texas A&M
Kicker — Gary Wunderlich, junior, Mississippi
Ends — Hunter Dimick, senior, Utah; Jordan Willis, senior, Kansas State
Tackles — Christian Wilkins, sophomore, Clemson; Solomon Thomas, junior, Stanford
Linebackers — Kendell Beckwith, senior, LSU; Jimmie Gilbert, senior, Colorado; Ben Boulware, senior, Clemson
Cornerbacks — Teez Tabor, junior, Florida; Cordrea Tankersley, senior, Clemson
Safeties — Nathan Gerry, senior, Nebraska; Weston Steelhammer, senior, Air Force
Punter — Michael Dickson, sophomore, Texas